Never judge a hawk…

Never judge a hawk…

I worry a lot about things coming over the fence, either by climbing or flying, and killing and my chickens.  I have lost multiple chickens over the years to neighbors’ cats and dogs and a random raccoon.  In the case of the raccoon it is likely that at least a half-dozen chickens went over the fence and ran/flew for their lives.  I’d like to believe that some of them got away and are living happily in the woods around me.

The one thing that I haven’t had to worry about, which by all accounts is the one thing that should be causing me a lot of trouble, is the Red-tailed Hawk.  There are dozens of them living around us and during the fall/winter we see them on an almost-daily basis.  The hawk pictured was perched on a fence post behind the chicken yard.  He never made a move towards the chickens and really never even looked their way.  He came back day after day, and finally I determined that he was simply using the fence post as a resting point.  Each day was the same, he’d perch for 3-4 minutes and then fly up to start circling the field behind the chicken yard.  There are plenty of field mice (and the rat snakes that they attract), so the hawk had plenty to eat every day.

Now when I hear the old adage: “Never judge a book by its cover”, I am reminded of my favorite red-tailed hawk.

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